Middle College Music Evening

June 21, 2018 at 3:10 PM

There are many opportunities during the course of the year for our musicians to share their musical talents. Last night was the turn of students from Years 7-10 to perform at a relaxed and friendly recital evening held in the Music Centre.  Whether just starting out, or an accomplished musician, this was their chance to shine in front of a large turnout of family and friends. 

The music programme at the College continues to gain strength and this year alone, over 400 students are learning an instrument or receiving voice tuition through the itinerant programme, with over 30 specialist itinerant music teachers providing the tuition. Head of Middle College Music, Mr Oliver Gilmour explained that the instrumental evenings are a great opportunity for the students to gain confidence performing in front of a live audience. These may be students who are learning a musical instrument for the first time or those who may already be proficient, but it is not often that instrumentalists have the opportunity to perform solo as most will work within an ensemble or orchestra. 

The concert is also an ideal learning platform for those students who are considering studying music as an academic subject in their senior years, providing good preparation for those who will go on to be assessed as a performer. 

The evening’s acts opened with the No 2 Pipe Band followed by the Saint Kentigern String Ensemble, a newly formed group of violinist and cellists who gave a very polished performance. 

We were fortunate to enjoy Trio Espoir, a chamber group who recently won the Auckland Chamber Music Competition. The trio are from three different schools with Year 9 student, Ian Chiao, representing Saint Kentigern. 

Following on, soloist and duets steeled their nerves to perform on the piano, violin, cello, guitar, saxophone and flute. The evening concluded with an upbeat Saint Kentigern Wind Band playing three lively pieces: ‘Colonel Bogey’s March,’ ‘Instant Concert’ and Pharrell Williams’ irrepressible number, ‘Happy.’ 

From Bach and Sibelius to Disney and Cold Play, there was something for everyone to enjoy! Proud parents looked on – and held their breath as their own child stepped up to play! The quality of these performances in some instances was outstanding and bodes well for the future of our large music ensembles. 

Thank you to the following musicians for a fantastic evening of musical entertainment: 


Pipes and Drums, No. 2 Band

Cullen Bay, Iain Duncan

The Bluebells of Scotland, Trad.

Saint Kentigern String Ensemble

O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, Bach

Finlandia, Sibelius, arr. Phillippe

Finale from Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky

Trio Espoir

Piano Trio, Ernest Chausson

Grace Hunter

Piano: Au Clair De La Lune, Trad.

Ricky Shen (with Mrs Gerritsen)

Cello: Rigadoon, Purcell

Harry Lowe

Guitar/Vocals: To Be With You, Mr Big

Grace Evans (with Mrs Gerritsen)

Cello: Listen To The Rhythm, Blackwell

Melody Lui-Webster

Voice: Home from Beauty and the Beast

Mia Li

Piano: Selling Sundry Goods, Peixun Chen

Nico Jancys

Saxophone: Cry Me A River, Arthur Hamilton

YiYun Han and Winnie Liang

Flute/Piano: Sommarsang, Wilheim Peterson-Berger

Rianna Samant

Piano: Sonatina in C Major, Clementi

Kate Christie

Guitar/Vocals: Fix You, Coldplay

Anya Prakash

Piano: Valse Lente, Oskar Merikanto

Thomas Clark

Flute: Tango Prelude II, Schmitz

Charlotte Symons

Piano: Happy Farmer, Schumann

Stanley Tian (with Mrs MacDonald)

Flute: Meditation, Massenet.

Amy Prebble

Piano: Allegro K279, Mozart

Chloe Haerewa and Nika Martinez-Azaro

Guitar/Vocals: Bubbly, Colbie Caillat.

Liam Marks

Piano: Rock Prelude No. 4, Norton

Emma Ying

Piano: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, Debussy

Olivia Chiang (with Ms Francis)

Piano: En Bateau, Debussy

Saint Kentigern Wind Ban

Colonel Bogey’s March, Kenneth Alford, arr. Balent
Instant Concert, Harold Walters
Happy, Pharrell Williams, arr. Sweeney


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